Cold Ocean Inc. v. The Gornostaevka

In Admiralty Practice, In Rem Actions and Arrest on (Updated )

This action concerned a claim by the Plaintiff for breach of a fishing agreement by the Defendant who was the demise charterer of the two Defendant ships. The Plaintiff arrested the ships and the cargo on board one of the vessels. The moving party, the sub-charterer of the ships and the owner of the cargo that had been arrested, brought the present motion for orders setting aside the warrants of arrest and striking out the Statement of Claim. The court reviewed the evidence and noted that it was clear that the Defendant was not the owner of the ships or cargo. Accordingly, the court held there was no in personam claim against the owner and an in rem action could therefore not be supported. The court set aside the arrest warrants and struck out the statement of claim.